When Gai Brodtmann won Labor preselection for the seat of Canberra, her husband hit the phones to talk to senior Liberals, including Tony Abbott. Chris Uhlmann wanted to know whether the opposition had a problem with one of the ABC's most senior Canberra hacks sleeping with an opponent.

Abbott does not -- a spokesperson told Crikey there are "no concerns whatsoever from our corner". Nor does the ABC, which says it's "comfortable" with Uhlmann continuing his role as Canberra commentator on the 7:30 Report and, later this year, taking up the position of political editor at the ABC's new 24-hour news channel just months out from a federal election campaign.